Writer: Okpakpa Ogheneruona Lauretta. AKA Queen Ronny.
Just like Nigeria, no country can truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its youth and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens. When youth participate in the economy everyone benefits. Youth are the real architects of society, which makes youth empowerment very key to any nations development. Nigeria belongs to us all, let us stop politicizing the age of leaders, it’s high time we usher in the youths for new ideas and perspectives. All we want is good governance. Let governance be re-branded through the youths to create an ecosystem of solutions for ailing public services and government diversification policies.
It’s appalling that our fathers and grand fathers who have served in different political levels don’t even consider retiring so as not to dwindle their political careers attained, they ought to be regarded as elder statesmen, but for the greed of money, they disregard their age and identity…END GERONTOCRACY!
Some of the leaders who have occupied and are still occupying political positions act like they are truly in support of the “NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN BILL”, but in actual sense, they don’t. Asking the youth to come out isn’t the issue, are they ready to give the youth the chance to do something without being remote-controlled by god fatherism? When will the concept of god-fatherism and its influence on Nigeria politics come to an end? How can credible youth take bold steps to contest when the electoral processes are way too expensive? How much is a political party ticket in Nigeria? How much is governorship or presidential ticket? Government is not meant only for elites or wealthy people. Elections need to be less expensive, it is part of the political freedom the youths crave…END PLUTOCRACY!
Nigeria politics have been reduced to a do or die affair, we don’t have a free and fair election in this country. It’s high time people stop voting for political parties, vote based on the capacity of the individual to deliver. We need to have leaders who can support a development idea or programme even if it isn’t from his/her political camp, no man is an island.
With all these being said, I urge our leaders to truly give positivity, development and progress a chance, by putting an end to the stereotype lingering gerontocratic and plutocratic nature of Nigeria politics.
I support #NotTooYoungToRun bill.